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Comment Re:WTF (Score 2) 244

What are you talking about?.. the countries on the "Ban" list don't have known terror issues, unless you count the occasional bomb, in which case, ALL countries (With the exception of Singapore, New Zealand, and a few others) have had "terror" issues.. (the US has the most).

Comment Re:has it come to this (Score 1) 193

The difference is.. with groups like google, there are definite terms of service (ie: limitations on what they CAN use and what they CAN do with the data) (and they have a vested interest in keeping the data secure and anonymized because breaches engenders distrust which hurts the profits), and their use of your data can't toss you in jail, or potentially harm your life (assuming you are not doing some clearly illegal). Vs. a CBP officer has the ability to do with your data as they wish without any clear terms of regulations, and they have a wide latitude on what they consider "inappropriate" and can detain almost for any reason they wish under the guise of "security".

THAT is the concern. Basically its a system that is primed for abuse and in a manner that is almost impossible to fight unless you are visible enough (politician, celebrity, etc...) or wealthy enough (legal fees are not cheap). Outside of those extremes, its pretty much a prayer vigil every time one enters the damn country. And most us decide its just not worth it and keep our billions of dollars OUT of the US.

Comment Re: Against TOS (Score 1) 652

It applies to all PERSONS (not citizens) that are within the US's territorial boarders.

I fail to understand how this is difficult to accept.

One reason the courts adopted the stance of ALL PERSONS within the US's territorial boarders is because:
1: It prevents the law from essentially shafting a person by arbitrarily excluding a person by deciding they are citizen non-grata when someone else decides.
2: It insures a uniformity of law to all persons (citizens, those visiting, and those in process to become citizens) to prevent the case of "we didn't know they are a citizen" (ie: incarceration/imprisonment/murder of an innocent person).. which is also why the new laws are scary.. basically its a nation wide "stop, frisk and show your papers" and woe be he/she who doesn't carry their passport/birth certificate now.

This is also why the US is trying to keep GitMo.. because the laws apply to ALL Persons within its territorial boarders (hence having ops sites outside of them so they are not subject to US laws).

Comment Re:Yes, why are nerds interested in data? (Score 1) 136

Actually it DOES have an impact on our work.

Some of them are self-employed (which means a smaller market, and a shifting set of regulations that we can't plan around or who we can even sell to)
Also with this "political crap" going on.. its going to change who can be employed, which means potentially a lot of new faces (ie: projects will get delayed, or even halted, some projects will be cancelled due to workforce issues.
And if you think all these "changes" are going to be good for operating expenses, doubtful.

So yes, if you mean the nuts and bolts of our work, no.. but will have an impact on our jobs and by extension our lives.

Comment Re:Enjoy your trip. (Score 1) 136

If you really believe that, then you have no idea how the economy works.

1: It COSTS money to round up those illegal immigrants. So your taxes will go up in some ways. (data point: http://www.newsweek.com/how-mu...)

2: Those illegal immigrants most of who are working and actually contributing to society. (in the form of taxes and general purchasing) they may be illegal but they are give far more than they take). - (data point: http://www.politifact.com/pund...)

3: The places that employed them were doing so not out of the goodness of their heart, but cheap labour, which means they will now have to pay standard wages.. which means, costs where they were working will go up, which WILL be passed on to you the consumer. (ie: Post Tax money from you)

4: A tourist, in general, is a net positive gain for a country, ie: someone that spends money, but consumes so little in services that they are net positive for a country (its a reason why lots of countries with little industry go to tourism, as its a vehicle for revenue and requires relatively little investment.

So 3000 per year for one family may not sound like a lot, but lets assume most spend half that, and in 2015 there were 38 Million visitors to the US.. (so lets quarter that for families (figuring a typical house of 4) or about 9.5 million families visit. Now lets assume about half of them are business travelers (and many companies are looking to stop sending bodies to the US and go virtual) so we have 4.75 tourist families.. now lets assume half them are skipping the US (which most I know are.. I know personally the CEOs the top travel agencies in the Europe (western) and Asia (east) and they are have noticed that since Trump's election, over 20% of the reservations they had for families that were coming to the US have cancelled or changed their plans to other places). We have no stats on personally booked travel and other travel agencies, but if their numbers are similar, then a 50% reduction is not far off, which puts us at about 2.35 Million familes that won't visit. Which means a reduction of 3,562,500,000 dollars (3.5 Trillion dollars) annually gone from businesses (some of which depend on tourists), which means those businesses will reduce staff (ie: more people looking for work).

Add that to the other things going on...

Well, its not good.

Comment Re:Still much more secure (Score 1) 136

This is the difference of issues..

Some people cancel travel over a specific/isolated crime event (something that can happen literally anywhere).. VS.. a government actively turning into a 3rd world dictatorship + isolated crime event (like the above) + the general attitude of the local populous.

Yes, events do happen, but systemic issues + government turning into an oppressive regime = no tourists. (I know personally about 40 Chinese and Indian investors that are cancelling trips (and when I say investors, I mean people that can blow 50K USD on a night of fun without blinking an eye and buy million dollar homes like most by sandwiches) because of how the US is turning.. I myself (no where near their level of wealth but we do ok) am packing my family and heading out to Taiwan and England.. (we are moving our businesses out of the US and into Canada.. it will take a year or so to complete, but once we saw who was running, we knew back in June, it was not going to end well).

Comment Re:Down with Putin - Down with Trump (Score 2) 278

Actually the US caused the issue, by not acting in a rational manner.. All Snowden did was do what most people do.. read the signs (ie: "My life is in danger.. and the guys I thought were my friends are trying to kill me.. Let me go someplace they can't get to me")

You can't tell people "Come forward and talk with us" while grabbing your bat and gun when you don't like the answers given and expect them to stick around to be "silenced". In short, whistle blowers are treated like traitors when in fact, they are trying to HELP by talking with you instead of selling secrets to the highest bidder.

Comment Re:Good. Its a freaking epidemic. (Score 1) 455

You do realize a patent does not inhibit others from using the tech.. all it does is prohibit that use for "FREE". You can use it all you want.. just pay me.. (now comes the question of how much and on what terms). I have the feeling apple would have made it nominal since then its far less about the money, and more about when the lawyers come a'calling (and they would have).. the nominal charge could not be used against them as a knowing its a power grab that apple sanctioned. (ie: made a profit on).

Personally I disagree with ANY and ALL tech that assumes a solo driver in the car and tries to act as a nanny. If you are too stupid to not video call and drive (and that goes up there with no drinking and driving, or drugs and driving, or minecraft and driving, etc...) then I'm sorry, your genes do not belong in the pool.

Comment Re: This is fucking awesome (Score 3, Interesting) 455

You would have to prove malicious intent.

Having a patent on an idea is not the same as implementing it.

At its simplest, it would be based on the accelerometer.. which means anyone traveling in ANYTHING would be barred..
On that Bus trip to see the family with the kids but want to facetime grandma (who's not along).. sorry.. We don't know its YOU driving, or YOU are just a passenger.
Want to facetime a co-worker/family member because you are scared in a bad area of town.. Sorry.. you are going to fast.. slow down to sub 5 miles per hour and then try your potentially life saving call with VIDEO evidence.

Basically having an idea and implementing it in a way that prevents the invention from turning a phone into a brick when going over 5 miles per hour is not the same. If you want to start from the premise that any patent not implemented is an attempt from banning others, then technically ALL R&D is warfare.. when in fact, most are capturing ideas for potential but are so costly and risky to implement, you would rather sell the concept to others (For them to implement, and take the heat)

Comment Re:Failure of imagination (Score 1) 370

Your argument assumes people can keep jumping from role to role AND that there is a role to go to.

As you shift from Role/Job to Role/Job (due to automation), you are now also in competition your fellow shifters as well as new people coming into that role as well + automation of that role. Given that populations are rising, skills are shifting, this is not a sustainable path and its accelerating.

Its like trying to scoop water out of a leaky boat while raining. Eventually, the elements will win as the rain falls more and the waters rise.. but the pace looks good as the levels don't rise THAT fast.

Comment Re:Obama pull your fucking head in. (Score 2) 110

Umm.. so lets see a sitting president wants to slap a foreign government's hands for obviously attempting to meddle/influence the election and by extension its own government.. a fact that to be fair, we've had for months/years (increasing evidence and cases) and this is "stirring up anti-russian" sentiment?

Your argument is akin to someone being abused for months in school and NOW that they are finally taking action towards the end of the semester (when a new teacher is coming in), you side with the blamed party, without regard to the months of abuse that they inflicted? Yeah.. that makes sense.

Given how volatile the situation is, the US is not going to make a bold proclamation like this without evidence. (this is not Iran that is a small country and COULD be wiped this is Russia, the #2 Super Power and one that is not particularly shy about using its military or other weapons at its disposal).. so you don't toss theory and supposition about.. you work on facts.. because when the shit hits the fan (and it will).. you need data to back it up.

Comment Re:"Likley grow" - Bullshit (Score 1) 275

People like to assume that "developing nations" must do the SAME as they did..

ie: Fire -> Steam -> Coal -> Oil -> "natural sources" (i.e.: Solar/Wind/Hydro) and/or Nuclear.

Developing nations that have capital and resources (China and India) have the option of skipping "legacy" tech in favor of newer forms of power to leap frog into become giants.. (they don't have any legacy infrastructure or group that are fighting to keep "old tech" so they can go directly to newer/better forms.. If you are starting from scratch, technically speaking with the exception of nuclear (only because the materials used are expensive), they are all relatively the same cost. Solar/Wind/Hydro don't scale as fast/easy as some others.. but they can be cheaper to implement and you can build "micro grids" rather than larger grids.. (with many micro-grids its easy to tie a macro grid on top later).

A lot of economists are banking on China, India and other large developing nations will other tech simply because it doesn't help their long term goals and puts them into the SAME problem the US and others have with Coal/Oil/Gas.. namely legacy tech that now is in competition of newer tech.. (its like buying motorcycle because you are single, but knowing you are dating someone (and will eventually need car, then a larger car).. The Motor cycle is slightly cheaper than the larger car, but if you are smart (knowing the sort of person you are dating) will save a little longer and get the larger car (saving a lot of money in the long term for some short term pain)

Comment Re:An idiot wrote this (Score 1) 275

China's building coal plants because the tech is practically public domain, and its cheap.

But as they get experience on rolling out nuclear power plants (the work being done in the UK is pretty much a test), coal is dropping out. China wants to be a super power.. and you do that one of three ways:

Beat the hell out of them (i.e.: military)
Beat them economically (they are doing a marvelous job of that already)
Beat them technologically (hence why they are ramping up so fast)

Coal production helps items 1 and 2.. but won't help 3, and is causing more pushback on 2.. so other forms of power (Nuclear as an example) give them the holy grail of 1, 2, and 3.

Lets remember, China like the US has some major geographical advantages (lots of USABLE land).. and unlike the US, its a communistic tightly controlled group, so if it wants X done, it will make X happen.. no talk, discussions, public debate, etc... Next best thing to a dictatorship, except more hands on the wheel. It has lots of usable materials (coal, oil, natural gas, wind, water, etc...).

Comment Re:Coal to grow in the USA?? (Score 1) 275

Given that trump WANTS to kill them, couple that with the increased lobbying of the coal groups, and DT's insistence on cheap/easy solutions to putting people back to work means, yes its going to grow. The government is paying for alternative fuels because in a capitalistic nation, everything is always up for what gives the most profit for the least expense. Coal (and oil) have been around for a VERY long time.. so the manufacture/processing is relatively cheap. "new" energy forms are more expensive by comparison because its new.. (like all technology, costs will drop over time IF you jump in and keep moving forward).

Its like dating new girl/boy A but you keep looking back at your crazy ex (of 10 years).. Yes, things were easier (in some ways) and you have a history there.. but you broke up for a reason.. and the constant looking back does nothing more than holding "new" to an unrealistic comparison to "old" when in fact, new has its own merits and benefits. Anyone can tell you that doing that means you are ultimately doomed to repeating the EXACT same mistakes because of a misguided notion of nostalgia rather than accepting the new and figuring out if she/he is best for you.

Comment Re:Blah blah blah (Score 1) 667

The argument against that, nothing was really revealed in the emails.. having read most of them that wikileaks put out.. it ALLUDES to many things.. but none of them have proven a cause for legal action. and also if there any truth in much of this, the feds would have been all over it (not to mention the media which loves a juicy story). Yes,about the only damning thing in it references to the fact that the DNC wanted Hillary to win so they favored her over Sanders, which is wrong (its supposed to be a free for all and the best/most popular candidate win)

This is akin to a couple (not married to each other) whispering in hushed tones.. we don't know what they are talking about specifically, but we do hear snippets (words really) and the words SOUND incriminating.. but in reality the conversation could be banal.. but we take from it what we want to believe.. and many people want to believe that if they smell smoke, there is a 4 alarm fire when in fact it could be your neighbors cooking (ie: nothing at all).

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